August 13th, 2008
02:41 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain: Georgia conflict won't 're-ignite the Cold War'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain said the United States should stand 'courageously' with Georgia."]BIRMINGHAM, Michigan (CNN) - John McCain came out in support of President Bush’s decision Wednesday to dispatch U.S. aircraft with humanitarian aid to Georgia and to send Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice there to demonstrate America’s “unwavering support” for the country.

And despite some recent tough talk towards Russia that has drawn criticism from Barack Obama's campaign, McCain also said he did not think the Russia-Georgia conflict would “re-ignite the Cold War."

"I don't think it means we're going to reignite the Cold War, and I don't think that we're going to have kind of situation," he said at a fundraiser in Michigan, “but I do believe that we need to stand as courageously as we can on behalf of this little country.”

Bush said in a Rose Garden statement that Russia must halt all military operations in Georgia and withdraw troops from the country, while allowing international aid into the region.

McCain said he “strongly” supports Bush’s position.

During the fundraiser, McCain continued his expressions of solidarity with Georgia, at one point citing reports of possible human rights violations by the Russian military.

“I hope they are not true,” McCain said. I'm afraid that some of them are, but we'll find out in the upcoming hours and days."

The presumptive GOP nominee repeated his recent assertion that Moscow’s aggression indicates the country wants to create a modern-day version of the Russian empire.

“I also believe that we have to understand, in the larger context of what this is all about, and it's all got to do with the centuries old ambitions of the Russians to establish the Russian empire,” he said.

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soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. Go McCain

    McCain is very realistic about how to handle things. He's been there before and he knows whats what i think he would be a great president. This war isn't going to end and things are changing in america and they aren't going to be the same.

    August 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Joe Reg

    The Russians will leave Gorgia when peace has been restored. They will not stay a day longer than is necessary.

    As soon the Officer on the ground say that things are ok, I believe the Russians will leave. But first peace has to be brought back.

    The repubs need to stop talking funny and support Medvedev for his effort to bring peace in the region.

    August 13, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    The Georgia Issue was set up by Charlie Black, a Georgia Lobbyist who worked for McCain. McCain is more WAR! ALL THE TIME. NOT THIS YEAR NOT NOW!

    August 13, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Rob indetroit

    The only thing that could start a cold war is MCcrazy, He say's nation's don't invade country's in the 21 centry,but you voted to invade iraq, i guess it sliped your mind again,one more thing why is MCcrazy on TV speaking out about Russia more than the president,im waiting for Obama to hit MCcrazy on this last i checked MCcrazy is not president.

    August 13, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. sherry for Obama

    He's a blithering old fool.

    Keep your nose on you face old man because you aint the president and you will never be

    August 13, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Sabreen60

    I'm really sick of this double standard. Why is no one in the main stream media calling McCain presumptuous? Why did no one call him out yesterday for his saber rattling?

    August 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Keith Reyes, PhD

    Senator McCain said in Michigan today August 13/08 that nations do not invade other nations in the 21st century. Senator McCain seems to have both long term and short term memory problems. He seems to have amnesia about the recent Iraq illegal invasion.
    Keith reyes, PhD.

    August 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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